This Oscar-winning drama, based on the writing of Lillian Hellman, depicts the relationship between two friends and its unexpected consequences. After Lillian, a renowned playwright, reunites in Russia with her childhood playmate Julia, the writer is recruited to smuggle funds into Germany to aid the anti-Nazi movement. Waiting in the wings is Lillian's lover and mentor, Dashiell Hammett, who is unaware of her dangerous assignment. Written by
Fred Zinnemann has directed several films about personal courage. Gary Cooper in "High Noon". Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster in "From Here to Eternity." Marlon Brando in "The Men." Audrey Hepburn in "The Nun's Story." Paul Scofield in "A Man for All Seasons." and now Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave in "Julia." See more »
At the beginning of the film a calendar is seen showing the time as June, 1934. Yet months later, when Lillian is in Europe and reads about the riots which lead to an injury of her friend Julia, the American newspaper she reads has a date of Feb.,1934. See more »
Friendships and love. Memory and longing. A film that lets you dwell without forcing you to. The story, a true account, told by Lillian Hellman in "Pentimento" was debased by one of Hellman's fans that became her assistant. Imagine. Trying to destroy your mentor. Real or imaginary the story lived in Hellman's heart and mind. Fred Zinnemann created a world for the story to acquire a true human dimension. A triumph. Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave are extraordinary as the inseparable childhood friends, Lilli and Julia. Jason Robards, is utterly wonderful as Dashiell Hammett. The film is also the first for Meryl Streep in a short, very short but memorable character. The script by Alvin Sargent, magnificent. Highly recommended.
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